Transaction Fees for International Payments

Credit Cards payments always incur a transaction fee. In most cases, the transaction fee is absorbed by the merchant. So for example, if you went to an online store and purchased some shoes for $100, a portion of that transaction is kept by the payment provider as a transaction fee, typically in the realm of 3% – 5% of the total. The merchant would then only receive between $95 and $97.

When allowing parents and students to pay online in Quickschools, schools actually have the option of adding a Convenience Fee to offset the transaction fees incurred by the payment gateway. 

Configure the Online Payments module where the parent or student pays the transaction fee

So from our original example above, if you were buying shoes for $100, the system would calculate a Convenience Fee, such that the merchant would receive the original $100 that was charged. So you’d end up paying something like $104, where $4 would go to the payment gateway, and the merchant would receive the original $100 charged.

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Subject-Specific Criteria for QuickSchools Report Cards

Most Quickschools Report Cards simply display marks and/or letter grades for each subject being evaluated. But some schools want to show evaluations based on additional criteria.

Three Four Galore Sample
Alvin DeSilva’s Report Card with Subject Specific Criteria

In the example above, we’ve created a report card for Alvin DeSilva using the “Three Four Galore” Report Card template. Alvin is taking English and Math. And under English, you’ll notice that he also received evaluations for Reading, Writing and Speaking. You can configure your own criteria for specific subjects, as this article describes.

STEP 1: Select an Appropriate Report Card Template

The first step is to select a Report Card template that has a section for “Subject-Specific Criteria”. If you go to the “Report Cards” > “Setup Report Cards” menu, you can click on “Change Template” to select a different report card template. The selected template will appear on the left, with configuration elements on the right. Look for the “Subject-Specific Criteria” section on the report card.

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Online Payment Refunds via Stripe

Quickschools has made it easier for parents and students to pay for their school fees from their portal accounts using the Online Payments feature via integration with Stripe. In some cases, after parents have paid via credit card, the school may need to refund these fees for reasons like duplicate, overpayment, etc. To refund, follow the instructions below:

On your Quickschools account, go to Fee Tracking > Online Payments.

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Open the payment transaction to be refunded and copy the Stripe Payment ID.

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Stripe Payment ID

Open a new tab on your browser, go to the Stripe website and log in to your school’s account:

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Report for Orphaned Subjects (linked to Resigned Teachers)

As with any organization, employees (including teachers) come and go. When a teacher resigns (and is deactivated from your QuickSchools account), the teacher record is retained and remains linked to all subjects that the teacher taught. This is obviously helpful for historical records. So just because a teacher resigns, we still keep track of the courses and grades linked to that teacher.

But what happens if a teacher resigns during an active term?

Typically, subjects assigned to resigned teachers would be re-assigned to an active teacher. But depending on circumstances, school administrators may not update the subjects in QuickSchools in real time. So here we’ve built a new report that identifies active subjects linked to resigned teachers. This new report called the “Active Subjects/Lessons with Resigned Teachers” is available under “Summary Reports”:

Active Subjects/Lessons with Resigned Teachers Report

This report ONLY lists active courses linked to resigned teachers. However, there is a filter to determine whether the course is “Active” or “Orphaned”. An “Active” course is essentially a course that has been successfully re-linked to an active teacher. While an “Orphaned” course is only linked to a resigned teacher, and needs to be re-linked to an active teacher.

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Report for Absences with Tardies

Although Summary Reports are pre-configured to contain preset columns and filters, the reporting tool itself can be quite powerful. So if you’re looking for a report that you’re unable to create on your own via the Report Creator, you can always commission QuickSchools to build a custom report that appears in the Summary Reports. 

Here’s an example taken from language schools that need to convert 3 tardies to 1 absent. The “Absences with Tardies” Summary Report that we built consolidates all absences and tardies using the conversion described above: 

The report contains columns for Number of Absent, Number of Tardy and Total Absent which includes the converted Tardies.

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Online Forms Submission by Student Tag

In a previous article, we’ve mentioned that in QuickSchools you can limit an Online Forms visibility by tags. This is useful when you want only a specific group of students to have access to an Online Form packet. 

For example, you could tag your graduating students for the year as “2019”, and then use the “Submission by Tag” feature of the Online forms module to create a “Graduation Letter” form packet that would only be available to students with the “2019” flag.

Example student with the “[2019] Graduation Year” tag

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Calculating Final Grades with Incomplete Category

In Quickschools, the school administrators can decide how the Gradebook will treat a case when a student does not have grades for a specific column or category. This can be configured on the Grading Setup screen, under the section Gradebook Formula Behavior.

In this example, we have the Final Grade column with the weight formula 50% Test, 10% Recitation, 20% Quiz, 20% Assignment, for a total of 100%.

Set the Gradebook Formula Behavior to Show Incomplete if you want the formula to populate an “I” instead of a number. In the illustration below, the student is missing a grade in the category Quiz, which is 20% of the required weight factor to compute the Final Grade.

Otherwise, set it to Re-normalize if you want the system to calculate the formula as though you never asked to include the “unfulfilled” category to begin with, instead of showing Incomplete. The system will then divide the grade to the total available weights, in this case 80, then computes the percentage to get 100 (See below).Read More »

Mass Print Statements

In Quickschools Fee Tracking, you can now print statements en mass. This is useful when you want to continuously print latest statements without having to open each family or each student’s billing information.

Print Latest Statement
Once you have generated statements, you can now print these by selecting the box on the top left header of the student records. Select “All”, then again open the dropdown menu and chose the “Print Latest Statement” button.Read More »